With the Olympics in full swing, we’re feeling more motivated than ever to hit the gym—hey, anything that helps us get a gymnast’s body sounds good to us! But just because we’re breaking a sweat, doesn’t mean we’re giving up on feeling our best. So we compiled a list of athlete-friendly products that we (and our Olympians!) can use to help get a great workout without the muscle aches, smelly feet, and tension that follows.
Lush Stepping Stone
We tend to give our feet plenty of TLC in the summer, but after a long day of walking or exercising it doesn’t always look that way. That’s why we’re digging the Lush Stepping Stone ($3.95, Lushusa.com), a foot scrub packed with pumice and sea salt to exfoliate your feet. Not only will you be able to rub the dead skin away, but ingredients like lycopodium powder (don’t worry, we can’t pronounce that either) absorb stinky odors while lemon oils keep your feet smelling fresh.
Jason Cooling Minerals & Tea Tree Muscle Pain Therapy
While we love the feeling of a great workout, the aches and pains that follow are significantly less pleasant. So we use Jason Cooling Minerals & Tea Tree Muscle Pain Therapy ($4.97, Jason-Natural.com) to take care of that. It’s an all-natural balm made up of pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory ingredients, like Tea Tree Oil, to soothe muscle and joint pain. The nice thing about this product is that you can use it for all kinds of aches, whether they’re exercise-related or not.
Decléor Relax Intense Relaxing Massage Balm
For fitness beginners or athletes who’ve taken a break from exercise, experiencing tension in your body after a bit of movement is common. It’s different from muscle aches in that it’s more of a worn-out-body feeling. That’s what Decléor Relax Intense Relaxing Massage Balm ($56, Decleorusa.com) is great for: putting ease and relaxation back into your body. Rub this all-natural balm over yourself after a bath or shower, paying special attention to the sore parts, and feel the tension drip right off.
Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles
While ice is great for swollen body parts, a combination of warm and cool temperatures is the answer to release tension caused by exertion. So that’s what Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles ($9.95, Lushusa.com) does— exfoliates and warms you from the inside out. You can definitely smell the yummy spices in this bar (think holiday scents) as the Aduki beans work to relieve muscle pain and tension by stimulating areas where circulation is slow.
Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Ointment
When all else fails, and nothing will ease your pain, there are two options left: 1. Lay on the couch and watch a Say Yes To The Dress marathon or 2. Apply Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Ointment ($9, Walgreens.com) where it hurts. This East Asian formula has been around for almost a century and provides a soothing relief for your over-exerted body. Dancers have said they love this stuff because the scent vanishes after application and really helps fight pain.